DAD'S FRIED FISH

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Teresa *G*

By
@BlueGinghamApron

Dad loved fishing. He was never happier than when he was in a boat, on a lake, with a fishing rod in his hand and a fish on the hook! This is his recipe for cooking all of those fish that he caught. I rarely ever fry fish any other way. The mustard may seem like an odd ingredient, but it works, even if you don't like mustard; you really don't even realize it's in there.

Rating:
★★★★★ 4 votes
Comments:
Serves:
3 to 6
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
Pan Fry

Ingredients

1 1/2 to 2 c
vegetable oil
1 c
plain yellow cornmeal
1 tsp
salt
1/2 c
prepared yellow mustard
6 medium
raw fish filets, your choice of white type
fresh parsley and/or lemon wedges for garnish, optional

How to Make DAD'S FRIED FISH

Step-by-Step

  • 1Gather ingredients and thaw fish, if using frozen.
  • 2Pour oil into large skillet (I like cast iron or non-stick.)
  • 3Pour cornmeal and salt into plastic food bag; close opening & shake to mix.
  • 4Pour yellow mustard into shallow dish or pan that is at least the size of the filets.
  • 5One at a time, dip fish into mustard, coating both sides lightly; drop fish into bag with cornmeal & shake bag to coat filet with cornmeal; leave fish in bag.
  • 6Repeat with remaining filets, leaving all the filets in the meal.
  • 7Place skillet with oil over medium-high heat; when oil is hot (almost "shimmering," but NOT smoking) carefully add as many filets as will fit without touching.
  • 8Fry about 2 1/2 minutes, until light golden brown; carefully turn filet over and fry on other side about 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown and fish flakes easily; remove cooked filets to paper towel.
  • 9(Note: A long fish turner/spatula is the best utensil/tool for turning fish. If fish turner is not available, use two egg turners. Photo of Dad's, which I still use.)
  • 10Repeat frying until all filets are cooked.
  • 11Garnish as desired; serve immediately.
    Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
  • 12Photo of my father holding two monster smallmouth bass he caught at Dale Hollow Lake, Kentucky, circa 1950ish.

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